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reproducerReproduktor (ger.)

  • The unit of reproduction. (HWB)

    3.1.1 Reproducer. This subsystem is capable of giving rise to other systems similar to the one in which it is found. This process fundamentally involves transmission of information, the template of the new system.

    Miller, J.G. (1965). Living systems: structure and process. Behavioral Science 10, 337-379: 340.


    Progenerating organisms are agents of reproduction, not merely material or efficient causes. They may be called reproducers. Bread loaves must be cut in pieces b an agent with a knife [...] The replicator is a concept abstracted from development while the reproducer is a developmental concept.

    Griesemer, J. (2000). Reproduction and the reduction of genetics. In: Beurton, P.J., Falk, R. & Rheinberger, H.-J. (eds.). The Concept of the Gene in Development and Evolution. Historical and Epistemological Perspectives, 240-85: 245.